Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung gave the order to start a project to expand the National Highway No. 1A in the central province of Nghe An, at a ceremony on March 26.

The 34-km section connecting Nghi Son in nearby Thanh Hoa province and Cau Giat in Nghe An will be built in the form of BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) by the Civil Engineering Construction Corporation No. 4 (Ministry of Transport) and the 319 Corporation (Ministry of Defence).

The partnership will invest more than 3.6 trillion VND (around 180 million USD) in the project.

Addressing the ground breaking ceremony, Dung praised efforts made by the concerned sides, especially the two aforementioned contractors and provinces.

On the occasion, he also asked relevant ministries and branches and localities, where the road runs through, to try their best to successfully implement the policy on expanding the important road.

Earlier on March 24, another project to expand the section of the national highway in the central province of Quang Nam also commenced. The 40-km section will be expanded with an investment of over 1.6 trillion VND (80 million USD).

Considered the most important highway in Vietnam, National Highway No. 1A runs through half of the provinces and cities in the country, linking Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho.-VNA